Three must-have tools to enhance your Facebook experience!

Facebook is the second most visited web site on the planet (after Google), so we are always on the lookout for ways to enhance or improve your Facebook experience. This post will present three new FREE Chrome extensions that are both fun and useful.

If you ever wanted to be able to ‘dis-like’ something on Facebook then the Dislike Button is for you. Encrypt Facebook is a tool that can encrypt posts and photos and keep people you do not want to from reading them, and Friendsheet will give you a newspaper style layout for all your photos on Facebook.

The Dislike Button: when simply ignoring something is not enough

A Dislike Button is one of the things that I’ve most commonly heard many, many people say they wish they could get on Facebook so I went searching for a good one and found it. At first, I didn’t really see the point of a dislike button but after using it and seeing the results I have come to love this little button. It installs as a Chrome Extension and will automatically add a button to Dislike anything that

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Facebook has a Like button for. Once you press the Dislike button you will see it show the status immediately, and so will anyone else running the app. Amazingly, I even found that sometimes it worked to show your dislikes to others running similar apps or extensions. I wasn’t able to compile a list of those extensions since the result wasn’t reliable, but this is the one that I found to be most reliable and easy to use.

Make sure you share this extension with your friends so you can all view each others’ dislikes; only users who have the extension can view and/or use this functionality.

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Encrypt Facebook: make your Facebook posts private, and only readable by a select few

Encrypt-Facebook-Screen-Shot-00007Encrypt for Facebook is a fantastic tool that installs as a Chrome Extension and lets you literally encrypt or codify your Facebook posts so that others without the Extension cannot read them. While this might sound daunting at first, it’s astoundingly easy to use since all you have to do is install it, set up a Facebook Group to use it with, and a ‘key’ that consists of any random text. Of course, you will need to invite your friends into the group and give them the key and get them to download the extension. Then, when you go to that specific Facebook Group and type something into the post box, you can select it and it will be encrypted so that anyone who doesn’t have all three of those things won’t be able to read it at all! It will appear as junk characters with no meaning at all. Only the text within that specific group will be encrypted, and only posts that you select the text on will be encoded so your other Facebook timeline posts will not be affected.

Friendsheet: turn Facebook photos into a magazine style photoblog

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Friendsheet is one of my favorite Chrome Extensions for Facebook because it turns the whole process of sharing photos on Facebook into a mosaic style work of art instead of the somewhat bland fare offered by default. It’s kind of like taking all your photos, from your timeline (whether posted by your friends or by you) and lays them out in a newspaper like format so you can not only view but easily comment on them all on the same page! You’ll be able to scroll down the page endlessly until you have seen or commented as much as you care to. There are some settings and filters you can use like only viewing pictures of yourself or only pictures of specific events as well as options to add and share new photos straight from the ‘sheet’ without hassle.

If you want another option for this, check out previously mentioned Pixable, which offers a similar functionality.

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So there you are, three fan-tastic (no pun intended) tools for making your Facebook experience more fun and more secure. Until next time, my friends!

  • Get the Dislike Button here
  • Get Ecrypt Facebook here
  • Get Friendsheet here

 
 
 
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  • Clancolin

    Yet another Chrome extension? This site has become much less useful for me lately. I tried Chrome, didn’t like it…end of story. Even worse are the ads for Chrome at the bottom of the page! Very suspicious.

    Firefox still produces apps, IE9 is much improved, Opera still improves…yet these are getting a lot less publicity than Chrome recently. Some of us don’t really want everything to be Google-centered. Please can we see something for any one of the other browsers?

  • austin316gb

    The link for Encrypt for Facebook is wrong it points to Friendsheet.

    Also @Clancolin, I tried it and really liked it. Each to their own, it’s why the world is a wonderful place. We are all individuals and entitled to our opinions. If you don’t use Chrome don’t read the article.

  • Samer Kurdi

    @ austin316gb: thanks for letting me know; I fixed the link (and glad you liked the tools)

    @ Clancolin: I hear ya man — there have been too many Chrome extensions posted lately, I was actually thinking the same thing. We’re going to diversify a little bit hopefully going forward.

  • Peter D

    What… no mention of Social Fixer?

  • B.C. Tietjens

    Social Fixer is one we may do in the near future, thanks for the tip!

  • Wim

    DON’T INSTALL the Dislike for Facebook Button extension.
    It does what it suggest to do, but it does more.
    On the websites you visit it starts underlining words and if you click on it or hover, it goes to other websites (Text Enhance) This is malware behaviour.

    That is probably the reason why this button is not available anymore in the Chrome store.